Biology Program

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Lisa A. Mangel

Lecturer in Biology

M.S., Biology, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 2000

M.A.T., Science Education, University of Pittsburgh, 1993
B.S., Biology, University of Pittsburgh, 1992


Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 1996

Teaching Interests

Anatomy and Physiology (humans), Histology, Freshmen Biology, General Biology (non-majors)

Human Body: Form and Function
This course is an introduction to the human body through structure and function. The human body will be discussed through cellular composition, maintenance systems, reproduction, genetics, and ecology.

Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of genetics, evolution, and the development of the biological diversity found on Earth. The class incorporates a laboratory design to give practical experiences to the student. The course also utilizes information and exercises found on the World Wide Web.

Populations and Communities
This course is a broad introduction to the principles of physiology, population, and community ecology through a discussion of ecological theory and examples. Introduction to the use of mathematical and computer models as a tool for describing and/or predicting ecological processes will also be incorporated.

Mammalian Anatomy
This course is designed to give a better understanding of mammalian anatomy, focusing primarily on humans and felines. Function and structure will be integrated through slide examination, laboratory experiments, and dissections.


Research Interests

Science misconceptions of preservice teachers

Acquisition and distribution of science information at the preschool, elementary, secondary, and college level

Skeletal analysis, museum preparation of specimens, and online dissections


Personal interests

Kayaking, Downhill and water skiing, bird watching, trail hiking, and camping

Tri-Beta (Biological Honor Society) Advisor

Interested persons can reach me for information at:
Phone: 814-898-6122

This page was last updated 05 Sep 2004.